Hold a toy drive. The holidays are expensive and many families don’t have the means to buy gifts for their children. Even though the holidays aren’t all about the gifts wrapped in pretty paper and bows, they sure make them more fun. So to put a smile on a childs face this year, hold a toy drive for underprivileged children so they get a baby doll for Hanukkah or find a shiny race car under the Christmas tree. Organize the drive in your school, community center or place of worship and ask people to donate unused toys in their original packaging.
Make holiday blankets for children in hospitals. A hospital is not where anyone wants to spend the holidays, but for some children it’s an unfortunate reality. Hospital rooms can be cold (in temperature and in looks), so warm them up with fun and pretty blankets! Get some friends together and have a blanket making party. Use holiday colors (be sure to make some red and green for children who celebrate Christmas and blue and white for children who celebrate Hanukkah) and be creative! Then, contact a local hospital and ask them if and when you can come hand out the blankets.
Go caroling! As Buddy says in the movie Elf, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” Get some friends together and spread cheer to uncheerful places like hospitals or nursing homes. Contact the administration of where you want to carol and ask them when you can put on a holiday music show. And remember, you don’t have to sound like musical cherubs to sing. Anyone can sing!
Make holiday cards for our country's troops. Men and women in the service who are deployed overseas don’t get the luxury of being home for the holidays. So send a touch of home to them! A simple card wishing troops a Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah can boost morale a whole lot. Get friends together, or have you club make cards thanking them for their service and wishing them happy holidays. Then find an organization that collects and distributes these cards. Check out Holiday Mail for Heroes or Operation Christmas Cards.
Hold a holiday food drive. A big meal is a tradition for many families during the holidays. But not all families can afford the festive foods. old a holiday themed food drive and donate everything you collect to a local shelter.
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